‘Paragon of Space’, ‘The Paragon’,‘The Paragon of Metal Detecting’, 'The Paragon Of Teaching', 'The Diaries of My Secondhand Cars to include: Diary of a 18 Year Old Beamer', Diary of an RX8 evolve and Diary of a BMW Z3.
All seven publications follow a personal interest of mine, mainly from an academic perspective and can be researched at specialised educational and research establishments, such as universities, private and commercial organisations, including NASA. At least four of the topic areas are surprisingly closely related as you will see as you read on. So what are these publications about? You may well ask! In order of sequence:
The Paragon of Space is the second publication and is really an access point to looking at information researched, analysed, collated and stored via the website concerning some of our current scientific theories, possibly asking some questions that others will not ask as it may be addressing the 'Forbidden Sciences'. I may point out this website is NOT a Conspiracy site, however it does touch on the subject matter from time to time under the menu heading of pseudo sciences and offers an alternative perspective to mainstream convention that provokes and challenges established viewpoints, even though this may frustrate politicians, scientists, religious establishments. Subjects include: UFO's, The Sumerians, Mermaids, Crystal Skulls to name a few.
Scientists are now opening up their ranks to explore these areas as the barriers of secrecy, paranoia of losing research funding and the loss of reputation in the past struck fears into researchers. Today these areas cannot be ignored and true science requires all options to be considered. The barriers are slowly being chipped away, for the better, as TRUTH ideally should always prevail.
A must, to allow people to process all sides of the arguments objectively and without bias, without ridicule to explore ALL options. Life was not created to be controlled by a select few, with extreme political ambitious personal views, even though evidence may suggest otherwise; we all have the right to make decisions and make our own mistakes to 'better' society in the name of peace, naive? Perhaps!
Religion does come into question for some, after studying the scientific aspects of our existence, the line gets hazy, by looking from a scientific vantage point and then observe what is happening in and around the world today one can fall to research, this site is only 'one man's journey,' the more we find out, the less we seem to know and understand, what can be familiar and an anchor point is the evidence and what we know, until a new hypothesis emerges. Faith, science, politics and finance given the circumstances can co-exist, we have seen the Space Programmes around the world, sharing experience into discovery.
There are topics and some videos linked to carefully chosen YouTube footage, discussing the ever changing theories: ‘The Big Bang’, Gravity, Relativity, String or M Theory, Designed Universe, the Big Rip, Halograms and two dimentional Reality, the list goes on. Looking at the ‘macro’ to the 'astronomical', black holes to the very small, and ‘micro’ below the atomic structure of Quantum Mechanics and time travel. There is also a comprehensive index of data about the planets, dwarf planets and their moons, stars, comets, asteroids, newly discovered planets and tools for the astronomer.
The Chaos within the ‘Cosmos’ this description may describe life and of the universe, both as a paradox and/or as a metaphor. A publication to explore....
The Paragon is my first publication, based upon my experience of teaching in schools and colleges, looking at the power of words and how they can cut like a sword, affect emotion without even placing a finger onto another human being. How does one say something and obtain the intentional effect? - This is something I have experimented with for many years and can say, I am still fascinated by the concept even today - a bio-rhythm as seen within nature, that is the machinery of existence, the by-product being momentum….hence, time!
When people mention poetry, it can conjure up any escape of the imagination to any one individual and may also suggest to the ‘bulldog’ male, or even female (without stereotyping), feminine overtones from those that mock. Perhaps one needs to reflect on their own personal profile and decide if it is categorised as a weakness or a strength. You only have to look throughout history of most leaders and the war generals to acknowledge a written form that holds a beat is a large persuader of mind-set and in our subconsciousness, allows us scope to hang on to the finer refinements and perhaps remember some aspects of purpose, meaning and humility. A good lesson for politicians to consider...
The Paragon of Metal Detecting & Archaeology is the third publication, (title updated to reflect the archaeological aspect and by popular request in April 2016). As a metal finding tool, the metal detector helps us to look at Earth History, the study of Geology, Rocks and Minerals. These topics help us to gain knowledge on how the Earth formed. These are the building blocks of life in our universe. The period in our Earth’s history with finding of dinosaur bones to the discovery of the destruction of the dinosaur species, opens up many questions of life and its’ evolution and possibly its imminent demise. An extension to 'The Paragon of Space', we look closer home to our Earth - The ‘one grain of sand’ within a cosmic ocean. Life’s transportation, a comet, asteroid, a meteor? Meteorites and comets may hold a key to life on Earth and to the way planets formed in general. To detect some variety of meteorite, one needs to be able to find it, hence the metal detector. Initially designed for detecting mines and has had its function redefined in recent years, the metal detector has opened up research to include a look at human history and helps to identify timelines. Even before recorded history, we as a species read the land and until more recently, we have discovered ways to profile human behaviour and to a point our evolution. With recorded history, we can use the timeline, periods of Monarchs; symbols, coins from the ground, 'soil finds' have often proved useful geologically to pinpoint a period, ice age, oceans, deserts volcanos. The metal detector has provided new enthusiasm to both, researcher and non-researcher and there are those that find enjoyment in discovering objects from history, some will call it ‘treasure hunting’ and encouraging the socialising of hobby groups. Identification of finds of discovery through, 'Anthropology' (a study of human remains) - individual history and their previous lifestyles profile from studying our ancestors’ personal possessions. All contributes to finding out who we are.
There is a sinister side to metal detecting however, personally I do not condone the materialistic greed aspects or 'night hawking’ as it is known, especially concerning none recorded finds this can be a loss to science and history research, that may have a true and more significant value. This is why law, insurance cover is also discussed amongst the many topics within this publication.
On a personal note, there is nothing wrong with fun of the treasure hunt, I also like the 'treasure hunt' aspect side of metal detecting too; it is a good way to meet people, who wouldn’t? I would like to think we may also remember to look at our moral obligations and responsibility during the pursuit also.
The Paragon of Teaching The fourth addition to the set of publications from May 2012, and looks at the problems faced within the teaching professions today. I have specialised in this industry most of my working career and have seen many changes and experienced how bureaucratic interference has changed the face of education. Senior Head Teachers find themselves having to sacrifice performance with finance, for the teachers traveling a gauntlet of classroom abuse from children with social and academic behavioural problems to resources. During my time in the classroom I witnessed and was disappointed to the lack of support given to the teachers in at times; a soul destroying environment.
I also saw long term teachers with outdated thinking that thought that administering discipline was a failure?
I also witnessed the Government's use of Criminal Records, (DBS) monitoring systems to destroy teacher credibility based on political manipulation for votes and on a mass scale, pupil manipulation of their 'Rights' against teachers and they requiring expensive court proceedings with 96% verdicts of not guilty findings. Call them: Teacher, tutor, instructor, lecturer 'bashing' from young people in the classroom to parents blaming the professionals, as to divert their own deprived inadequacies in dealing with their child discipline and behaviour. Children have 'Rights' and it is good they do, they are aware of them too, however they are found to be immature, very much like giving them access to a candy store to look around and instructing them not to touch the products; the system is abused, based on the child’s manipulation for personal gains and credibility’s within their peer groups. The deterrent has gone, personally, this has an effect on teaching and learning and has caused a decline within the profession, chimes the death knell unless something is done to change this culture. Note: It is not all doom and gloom and there are those that love teaching and there are very positive aspects to the teaching profession; but in this climate one does need to look for it. This publication has been developed to support the teaching professionals finding themselves out in the cold and highlights some examples of being let down by the establishment.
Diaries of My Secondhand Cars - Includes:
The Diary of a 18 Year Old Beamer - Within the latter part of 2014 has introduced another publication, the fifth, originally blogged via Facebook. On purchasing a Beamer in July of 2014, (It was 14 years old, however as the years tick on, like me, the BMW or 'Beamer' as it affectionally known gets older and therefore the title changes according to how long one has owned it). I decided I would catalogue the problems arising from purchasing an older car. One or two people suggested ideas to solve mechanical and electrical problems and based on the internet stream following, I decided to include the publication into my website. This publication has grown very quickly and has been reinventing itself regularly with new topics. (I have tried to only include the tasks I have worked on initially, this could change as time goes on). With a front index, it provides workshop, reference and a personal insight with my colourful opinions. By using the page numbering on the bottom of the page, giving a diary sequence, this allows a personal story to emerge; sharing the trials and tribulations. There is a section on history of this model of vehicle, useful tools purchased to carry out repairs, step by step sequence of diary events, some serious and some humorous accounts. This car has now moved on to another after 4 years and I am really sorry to see it go. Fortunately, I do know the new owner reasonably well as they area member of the family and I will add new entries where and when appropriate whilst it remains in their ownership.
The Diary of My MAZDA RX8 evolve - A new project for November 2015/18 the sixth publication and the second car publication within the series. This car; the Mazda RX8 is a beautiful car to drive and a true sports car with a rev counter clicking 9 on the dial, not many cars have that or the 'suicide doors'. Unfortunately, it is a car prone to many problems, especially based around it's rotary engine. One describes it having to have a fuel tanker behind it and oil taker in front of it, with a garage mechanic permanently seated in the passenger seat, ready for the hot and cold starts or in the RX8's case non starts. This car is not really for the everyday road, due to it's running costs, however great for the race track if you have got money! I do blame the manufacturers MAZDA for the way they marketed this vehicle knowing the faults especially the running life of the engine, requiring a rebuild after around 62,000 miles, half the life of the engine. Who else, makes cars like that? The RX8 and Mazda hold their secrets in this case based on what seemed to be for profits and it proves expensive for the consumer. Hopefully this publication can uncover some of the most common problems concerning the maintenance of the RX8. All the car publications are based on the same type of theme accompanied by the less than 'politically correct', or PC comments, with occasionally some humour. The humour is needed to make one feel better, especially when the hand or hands are having to reach deep into one's pockets, having to find the money to repair and keep the vehicle on the road. It doesn't help when government officials pile on the additional expenses, such as high car road tax, just to deter the owners and enthusiasts from driving it on the everyday roads. It is what it is, a great car in design and performance, however an opportunity thrown away by the manufacturer concerning belief and reliability of one's product and customer base support. They will have lost many loyal customers.
The Diary of My BMW Z3 - From June 2018, with a long journey initially to collect the vehicle and the trials of getting this car back on the road. This is the seventh publication and the third in the car series. One would think I should have learnt from the previous two experiences, however one always needs a car and what better way to go a Z3, for the price and the mileage, this seemed to be a bargain, considering this model had just entered the classics list and gained a good value increase. This Z3 needed a sensitive renovation, this was another car with a beautiful shape and can be classed as a work of art, (that is, ignoring the dents and damaged paintwork). One only needed to imagine the true shape of the bonnet/hood, (with the help of internet images and video). Like all my publications, they are usually just secondary or a biproduct, a record personal to me? These car publications have evolved somewhat since the start and generally they do highlight some of the most common problems that need to be sorted out on any new or replacement vehicle, preferably, without having to spend large amounts on car parts and garage bills. This is something one would like to believe, however never works out that way practically. There are of course the stresses, anxiety and frustrations one can expect when dealing with people and the problems that arise totally out of one's control. This car proved to be a great challenge, more so than the last, however still having the problems in one's expectations dashed and being let down; this time with suppliers and couriers; at this point it becomes personal, especially when having to start all over again with possible financial losses, this adds a little drama to the publication and can cause many delays and in getting one's pride and joy back on the road...frustrating, perhaps a case of Deja Vu?
This car is now on the road and is a great enjoyment, still needing the touch of maintenance as described in the publication, ongoing...
I wanted to have the relevant information at my fingertips, a personal account and memories to hold on to. The publications did prove useful concerning the timelines as one will appreciate when reading. Someone suggested that I should share this information. So checkout some of these 'Publications' and see if anything interests you...
Please contact me by e-mail, (address above) if you feel additional topics should be included within the publications. Do state the publication to which you refer. All your sources and suggestions remain confidential unless otherwise expressed. Enjoy!
Nigel G Wilcox
PGDE. PGCE.CEd. MIfL.MBCS.RMANM. LicCIPD LCGI
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